Betty & Oswald
Betty & Oswald are joining the Julia Jacklin-led Phantastic Ferniture at their Sydney and Melbourne shows this week. Fans of the headliners’ open-road indie pop would be advised to get down early. Betty & Oswald inhabit a slightly crooked picture, one built on chorusing guitars and vocals that are as drugged out as they are earnest statements of intent.
Thursday July 7 – Grace Darling – Melbourne, VIC
New wave/indie pop
There’s a theatrical bent to Bec Sandridge’s luminous new wave. But at the same time, she’s not reluctant to plainly expose her emotions. This is exemplified by her latest single, ‘You’re a Fucking Joke’, which is full of earworm vocal melodies and spiralling guitar hooks.
Friday July 8 – Northcote Social Club – Melbourne, VIC
While the alternative and pop worlds were once diametrically opposed – ideologically, at least – it’s now become A-OK for indie songwriters to note the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna as influences. This is justified given the potent substance of their latest releases, but have we also reached a stage where Enya can be classed as cool? Perhaps not, but Enya’s influence on Post-dusk doesn’t dampen the mind massaging capacity of the Brisbane songwriter’s brand of celestial dream folk.
Friday July 8 – Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane, QLD
Black Vanilla are now BV, but this doesn’t signify a down-sizing of their experimental R&B vision. The trio’s latest single ‘Huh’ plies listeners with aggressive sensuality and unnerving notes of discordance. You can dance to it, sure, but it’s not designed as a remedy for your existential guilt.
Friday July 8 – John Curtin Hotel – Melbourne, VIC
Adelaide solo act Hunt has had a good run over the last 12 months, supporting The Preatures, George Maple and The Kite String Tangle. She’ll be backing up Banoffee this Saturday, and it’s an apt billing given Hunt’s penchant for electronic pop that takes cues from the likes of Kate Bush and Fka Twigs
Saturday July 9 – Rocket Bar – Adelaide, SA
Gem Bones recall the mid-late 2000s indie pop crowd that got plenty of spins on the js. We’re talking about bands like Dappled Cities Fly, Philadelphia Grand Jury and Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!. It’s now 2016, but this sort of major chord-heavy, slightly off-kilter guitar pop still goes down a treat
Saturday July 9 – The Bird – Perth, WA
‘Plug Me In’ is the lone Las Vagueness single available at this stage, but it’s enough to explain their support slot with The Creases this weekend. Like that Brisbane band, ‘Plug Me In’ combines subdued vocal melancholy with shoegaze-aping guitar saturation. A female voice joins the male lead towards the song’s end, providing a touch of emotional rehabilitation
Saturday July 9 – Newtown Social Club – Sydney, NSW (w/ The Creases)
Madeline Duke’s gentle folk songs simulate the calming movement of knitting. Duke’s soft voice and acoustic guitar plucking summons a meditative place where you can assess the current state of affairs – just what you’d want on a wintry Melbourne afternoon
Saturday July 9 – The Old Bar – Melbourne, VIC
Goodbye Moon’s songs have an indelible tone of departure, conveying that feeling that comes when something you’ve loved dearly will soon be forced to end. In such situations, you try to soak up every aspect of the remaining seconds, and this corresponds with the duo’s investment in each of their songs.
Saturday July 9 – The Foundry – Brisbane, QLD
The Stevens Garage
The Chapter Music label have a proven history of knowing a good thing when they see it. And often – in the case of Laura Jean, Pikelet, Twerps and more – they seem to see these things long before anyone else. This was also the case with The Stevens, whose debut long player A History of Hygiene landed in 2013. It’s a generous 24-track offering that hands out hooks and personality with the casual efficacy that defined Guided By Voices’ early LPs.
Sunday July 10 – Newtown Social Club – Sydney, NSW